Inside Performance Works on Granville Island, the students perpetuated this lovely illusion by putting together a fantastic collection of silent auction items from their Silver and Bronze Sponsors, as well as a tasty spread including Habibi’s hummus, healthy fruits and veggies, Onnick’s blueberry iced tea, cupcakes and Petit Ami coffee, cold beer by Steamworks andAndrew Peller wines.
Soon the mingling area became crowded, stifling in fact, whether it was planned or not, this pre-show atmosphere was just a taste of what was to come! Soon the curtains parted and within seconds the folding chairs were full. Those left standing found themselves stuck in a post apocalyptic world set of chaos with nowhere to turn but to the black unlit corners of their own personal dystopia.
The runway was strewn with metal barrels, wooden crates, broken car parts, smashed lamps and bags of garbage. An atomic bomb projection looped over and over reminding us of the conditions of life in this ‘world’. A life characterized by poverty, oppression, war, violence, disease, pollution and the abridgment of human rights.
|by Marshall Heritage|
MC Raymond Liens spoke to the hard work, diligence and creative talents of the graduating class and the struggles they face before handing the microphone to a representative from the Covenant House. The Covenant House was the local charity benefitting from the net proceeds of event ticket sales. We learned that on any given night there are between 500 and 1,000 homeless youth on our streets. The Covenant House provides them with counseling, job search assistance, housing, food, a safe place to sleep and so much more.
|Runway images by Marshall Heritage Photography|
|Left image by Marshall Heritage – Right image by Helen Siwak|
Instructor and renowned LADY fashion stylist, Gian Carlo Umahon glowed as he watched the models exit said “I am very proud of the Graduating Class 144, they pulled it off! They have captured the beauty in Chaos for sure, from the set, styling, hair and make-up. They worked very hard and are very talented individuals! I am a proud mama, having the privilege to be one of their instructors. I look forward to what they get into in the future!”
|Graduating Class by Marshall Heritage|
The graduating class of JCI #144 followed the models and were met with great applause and swarming by friends, family and well-wishers. I had a chance to speak with Jerome (always wearing his signature jaunty neck scarf) about the event to find out more about what he and the others students were thinking when they put together their final projects for this show. To which he replied “The show Dystopia is the fruit of everything the Class #144 has learned collectively from all of the amazing instructors at John Casablancas Institute. The past eleven months of intense training at JCI has been a very liberating and humbling experience for me and I absolutely look forward to utilizing what I learned in my upcoming projects and collaborations in the industry.”
|Left and Right image by Marshall Heritage – Centre image by Helen Siwak|